Fixin’ T&T’s open question to Fr Clyde Harvey who asserts that the Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s recent reckless and callous statement was right:
All of the persons across the world who have been abused and exploited by Catholic Priests… Is it that they did not choose their Priest wisely?
FIXIN’ T&T recognises and appreciates that Fr Harvey went on to address men in our society and the responsibility they have in bringing an end to this epidemic. We forcefully maintain however that, in the matter of violence against women, women are not the problem!
Prime Minister Rowley’s full statement was as follows:
“Approximately one third of the murders in the last month have been domestic related issues. Now, what is the role of the police in preventing that? Or should I say the State?
“You know what the State did? These domestic issues usually start, or ending, with women in difficulty in relationships and the state intervene and puts something called protection order in place to deal with women and their men, that and all is creating a basis for violent crime.
“One third of the murders in recent times are domestic violence or domestic issues, and then you call on the Prime Minister to do something about crime. I am not in your bedroom, I’m not in your choice of men. (Applause from the audience).
“You have a responsibility to determine who you associate with, and know when to get out, and the State will try to help. But then, when the tragedy occurs, and it becomes the Police, the Police must now go the extra mile to ensure there is detection—because in the absence of proper detection those who would ordinarily have been law abiding have an incentive to become law breakers.”